Skilled Migrant Resident Visa

New Zealand
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


People who have the skills to contribute to New Zealand’s economic growth can apply for this visa. Before we can invite you to apply, we’ll first need you to send us an Expression of Interest (EOI) telling us about your employment in New Zealand, work experience, and qualifications. If your Expression of Interest is successful we’ll offer you the opportunity to apply to live and work in New Zealand indefinitely.

Application Process:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the Ministry of New Zealand
  • Get an invitation to apply
  • Submit the Application for residence
  • Get the decision


Lifelong Month(s)



48 Month(s)



1,200 max. (varies)


P. Residency

1 Month(s)


Processing time

within 36 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Skilled Migrant Resident Visa?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • You must have valid passport.
  • You must be of good character and health.
  • You must provide acceptable language test results like IELTS.
  • You must be of 55 years old or below.
  • You need to be of specialist, technical or management expertise and relevant qualifications and/or work experience to do, and which meets a minimum pay threshold.
  • Your qualification should be eligible for points calculation.
  • You must send Expression of Interest and get the invitation to apply in order to proceed with the application.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Skilled Migrant Resident Visa?

11 Document Required

  • 2 passport size photos.
  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of birth certificate.
  • Police clearance certificates.
  • Chest x-ray and medical examination results.
  • Acceptable English language test results. Check the link for more information.
  • Employment contract.
  • Educational qualification proof. Check the link for detailed information.
  • A report from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) confirming any qualification that isn’t on our list of recognised or exempt qualifications.
  • References, payslips, tax records or contracts that confirm your work experience.
  • Additional documents may be required on case basis.

Talent Migration data for New Zealand

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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